Steve Kerr on Florida shooting: "Vote people in who actually have the courage to protect."
1. So, I’m supposed to kick off this column with something sports related or weigh in on something media related or have fun with something an athlete tweeted or reminisce about the good old days of wrestling. That’s the usual Traina Thoughts schtick. Not today.
Here we are again. ANOTHER school shooting in the United States of America. What took place yesterday was the 18th school shooting in the U.S this year. It is February 15.
Let me repeat: EIGHTEEN school shootings in the first 44 days of 2018.
One of the 17 people killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla, was assistant football coach, Aaron Feis.
According to the school, Feis was shielding students from the killer before he was shot.
Several people from the sports world weighed on this country’s plague of gun violence after Wednesday’s tragedy.
The Warriors' Steve Kerr with a strong statement on gun reform after the latest tragedy in Florida— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 15, 2018
'It doesn't seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death, day after day in schools...'
(via @ChrisBHaynes + @espn) pic.twitter.com/5VThLuCt4d
My prayers go out to all the families affected by today's tragic Florida school shooting. How many more devastating incidents of gun violence will happen before we see the leadership of this country take steps to prevent this?— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) February 14, 2018
Parkland and Coral Springs please stay strong! This is out of control and and our country is in desperate need for change. I hope In this darkest of times back home this brings everyone together and we can find love. You’re all in my prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) February 14, 2018
Even prominent sports media figures, who always have to deal with the pathetic "stick to sports" backlash, called for change.
Whoever says:— Peter King (@peter_king) February 15, 2018
—“A gun didn’t do this; a sick person did.”
—“Thoughts and prayers to all the families.”
—“Now is not the time to discuss gun control.”
Get lost. Get off my feed. You are not part of the America we need to strive for.
Today is a good day to double-check if you are registered to vote in the elections later this year.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 14, 2018
And fix it if you’re not.
Today is a good day to remember that you have some power to change how this country works.
When the time comes
Everyone above is calling for a change, but, sadly, chances are we'll just go through the typical cycle that takes place when a mass shooting happens in this country.
How about this time we actually do something about this epidemic? Make sure you are registered to vote. Today. Don’t wait. Do it now. It takes 90 seconds. Then, make sure in November, you vote during the mid-term elections. Do some research. If a politician is taking money from the NRA, don’t vote for them. It’s very simple. Use your power and do your part to change what this country has become.
Kerr said it best, “It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, people that are running this country, to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing. But we can do something about it. We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people’s lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they’ve financed their campaign for them.”
Listen to the man.
2. It's not going to be easy today to transition into frivolous nonsense, but new Mets manager Mickey Callaway will help us do so with this quote from his session with the media on Wednesday.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo would like you to know he's a freak in a couple of places.
4. Bill Walton called last night's Warriors-Blazers game for ESPN and he had some amazing things to say about Steph Curry.
5. John Cena breaks the many stereotypes of WWE wrestlers in one photo.
6. Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas is using Twitter to court Kirk Cousins and he's laying it on pretty thick.
7. RANDOM WRESTLING VIDEO OF THE DAY: We need something light to make us laugh today, so we turn to The Great One.
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IN CLOSING: Christian Fauria, Patrick Connor, Bode Miller—we're on quite a streak of broadcasters getting in trouble. Who will it be today?